Few things have revolutionized health in the developed world more than immunizations. These vital components of personal and public health are part of the services available at The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain, and many Stone Mountain, Georgia, families wouldn’t consider entrusting any other practice with their children’s vaccinations. To explore vaccination in more detail, call or book an appointment online today.
Immunization is among the most important things you can do to keep your children healthy. In the not-too-distant past, infectious disease was one of the biggest causal factors for childhood disease and death. Today, Americans enjoy a broad base of immunity that is all due to widespread immunizations.
Vaccinations protect your child from many serious infectious diseases. Even more importantly, the more individuals in a population who are immunized, the lower the rates of those diseases in the greater society. So immunizing your child not only provides protection for them but also for the rest of the population.
The human immune system is an amazing thing, and vaccines offer the chance to “train” your immune system to react to serious diseases. The process works by introducing a weakened or dead version of a disease, called antigens, into your child’s body.
The vaccine isn’t strong enough to cause your child to become ill, but it provides sufficient antigens to kick their immune system into action. Your child’s body produces antibodies that can fight off the attacking antigen.
Once produced, those antibodies remain in your child’s body, standing by and ready to fight if they encounter the same antigen later on. That same process would work if your child was exposed to antigens in the environment. The problem lies in the fact that many diseases could threaten your child’s life or cause serious illness before their immune system had time to produce sufficient antibodies.
Despite continued misinformation, vaccines are both safe and effective. A vast body of scientific research supports the use of widespread vaccination as a personal and public health measure.
There are many different vaccines children should have as they grow and develop. Don’t be concerned about the long list, as many vaccines can be administered by injection during the same visit to The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following childhood vaccines.
Some of these vaccines are available in a combined dose, which reduces the total number of injections. Others require booster shots at various stages of development. Your The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain pediatrician advises you on the proper dosing schedule.
If your family is planning international travel, call to see if additional immunizations are needed. The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain also offers MCV4 and HPV vaccines. Book an appointment online or by phone to learn more.